RTS Hypervisor Enables New Functional Safety-Compliance Capabilities

By Sharad Bhowmick

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Real-Time Systems (RTS) has announced RTS Safe Hypervisor, an OS-independent functional safety certified Type 1 hypervisor to target mixed-critical workloads based on x86 multicore processor technologies. The Hypervisor allows users to combine any operating system with any available processor from Intel, furthermore, it enables you to virtualize devices and their IoT connectivity individually.

According to the company, the RTS Safe Hypervisor is planned to be delivered as a complete OEM package, bundling the certified real-time hypervisor with functionally safe and non-safe virtual machines and a certified safe OS such as the Linux-based Zephyr or QNX.

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“We want to ensure that engineers get the most efficient route to fully functional-safety-compliant applications by utilizing pre-certified platforms. Safe real-time hypervisor technology is the key to tying everything together, from safe hardware, safe Type 1 grade virtual machines, and safe OSes to non-safe domains running multi-purpose OSes. In the end, application engineers only need to take care of their safety-critical application part to gain functional safety certification. This is ultra-convenient in an IoT- and AI-driven decade, where many innovations are emerging in the autonomous vehicle and collaborative robot sectors, for example. Here the core functions must comply with functional safety standards. The non-safe part of the bundle, on the other hand, can be modified and updated as needed without affecting the functionally safe parts in any way. And the real sweet spot for engineers is that they can utilize standard x86 technologies,” says Michael Reichlin, CEO at Real-Time Systems, to explain the sales strategy for the new RTS Safe Hypervisor.

This bundle targets any off-the-shelf or custom-specific embedded computing platform equipped with FuSa-capable x86 processors. The first implementations will be based on Intel Atom x6000E Series processors with integrated Intel Safety Island and 11th Generation Intel Core processors.

The RTS Safe Hypervisor has a long list of target markets which includes collaborative robotics, industrial automation, autonomous vehicles, medical equipment, construction and agricultural machinery, rail transportation, etc.


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